From the monthly archives: "December 2006"

Wheel Bug Ovipositing
I recently (12/09/06) came across this wheel bug ovipositing in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge and wanted to share the images. I found the bug’s ovipositor(s) very interesting. Great site,

Hi Anthony,
We have gotten many images of the distinctive Wheel Bug egg clusters, but this is the first for us. Thanks for sending your wonderful photo to us. Eric Eaton later clarified as to what was happening in this image: ” I just noticed that this wheel bug is NOT laying an egg, but deploying a scarlet scent gland in self-defense. Don’t know what triggers this behavior, but I did find a wheelbug in a spider web once that had spilled a great amount of bright orange goo like this. Eric “

Very cool bugs… I am an avid gardener and I have never seen one of these before!
Hi there,
Bug #1: I found this bug on an annual Vinca plant I had potted on my back porch this past summer. It looks like he has sucking mouth parts. My plant seemed to be okay after he was done doing whatever it was he was doing. Bug#2: I spotted this guy on the side of my house one night. He seemed to be drawn towards the outdoor light. Sorry, the photo is not as good. I have tried to do my own research many times and have not had any luck. Have you ever typed "yellow bug" in your search engine? Ha! Ha! At the rate I am going we will all be extinct and it will not matter what the heck kind of bug this is anyway! Ha! Ha! Ha! You have a wonderful website. Every time I have been to your site to identify something I get side tracked. I don’t know what I like more, the cool bug photos or the stories that accompany them. Keep up the great work! Thank you for your time,
Richmond, Virginia

Pselliopus Assassin Bug Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Hi Barbara,
Thanks for you nice letter. If an heroic attempt to prevent our extinction, we are thrilled to identify you Assassin Bug, an important predatory species that will devour many pests in your garden. This beauty is in the genus Pselliopus. We found a perfect match on BugGuide. Next time someone tries to type yellow bug into their search engine, they should be lead to the correct answer. Your second unknown is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth. We have heard that the innapropriately named Tree of Heaven, the Ailanthus Tree, has invaded nearly 30% of the Shenandoah National Forest, which is probably accounting for the increase in sightings of the lovely moth. The tree is a horrible invasive species that is found along the roadsides in most parts of the country. The tree spreads by seeds as well as a vigorous root system and is considered on of our most important exotic invaders. Sadly, the moth larvae just eat the leaves and are not wood borers which might actually help control the tree.

identification request
Saw this guy at the Rockhound State Park near Deming, NM in late November 2006. It is a desert area, and there were lots of the familiar Darkling beetles with their raised hindquarters in the vicinity. We have those at home (in So Cal) and I am very familiar with them. This particular beetle however I have never seen before. The photo shows it at about 160% size. Thank you,
John Subik
Temecula, CA

Hi John,
This is a Blister Beetle in the genus Megetra.

What’s this bug
Dear Bug Man
My name is Nicholas and my sister’s name is Emma. We were wondering what sort of bug this is? Regards,
Nicholas and Emma

Hi Nicholas and Emma,
We are nearly certain this is an Australian Green Grocer Cicada, Cyclochila virens.

I found this little guy in July here in Bend, Oregon. It only stayed around for this one shot and flew off. It’s maybe 7/16" long. It is quite beautiful and I would like to know what kind of beetle it is.He mentioned he would like to be ‘Bug of the Month’ as he flew off. Thanks,

Hi John,
This is one of the Metallic Wood Boring Beetles in the family Buprestidae. We believe it is Buprestis decora because of a match we found on BugGuide. We can’t find the range on Buprestis decora, and there are several other beautiful members of this genus that are found in the Pacific Northwest. When Eric Eaton returns from holiday in the east, we will try to get an exact species from him. As a side note, the Bug of the Month is generally a seasonal occurrance, meaning, people from all over the country or at least a major part of our readership is sighting a species at a certain time. Your lovely Buprestis decora might be a likely candidate for a Sighting of the Month, the most unusual specimen we received in a given month. At any rate, it will be on our homepage for about a week.